Hello everyone and welcome to my new post for this week. It’s the end of the first half week of this month. I hope you guys doing well. Today I want to talk about something interesting. And I know this is necessary for a lot of people. Especially, people who travel want to know how long does it take to learn a new language. Well, I want to also mention how can you speed up the process of learning a language.
There will be also some tips that can help you to increase your knowledge faster. I’m going to share my throughs and opinions on this. Hopefully, you will find it helpful somehow with your journey of learning a new language. I love knowing other languages because on the list now is Being fluent in Chinese and Spanish.
How long does it take to learn a new language
I want to go through some factors that can allow you to learn faster. And also what is the best way to learn. You could be a student learning in a foreign service institute. Maybe attending classes in a language school. Both ways are effective if you would want to do that. But the length would be determined for you by the school(which is the duration of the study).
Another thing that we need to pay attention to is how we learn. Because that can make us continue studying or stop if it gets boring or too complicated. The first thing you need to be determined to learn is that language. You need to make it a priority to learn that language and set up a “how learn” process for that new language.
Q: How can you be determined to learn a new language?
A: First develop passion and be curious all the time. This is something you can develop over time and not too fast. For example, try challenging yourself to speak with your foreign friend in their language. When traveling, try to speak with people in their language. It can help to light the spark to learning a new language and be determined. Setting your goal to learn is another good way.
I mentioned being determined because if you don’t have it. It won’t last long as you will get bored and think it’s difficult and quit. Therefore, it’s very important to have the determination first. And then you can focus on language learning. Which can be easy but it also can be difficult, you know.
Benefits of learning a new language
- Talking with others when traveling
- Able to talk with cashiers and workers in the restaurant in other languages
- Have the chance to understand other people
- Speak with friends in their language
These can be great reasons and benefits of why you need to learn a new language. Something you should know before how long does it take to learn a new language. Because if there is something to let you learn the language. That can play a big role in learning the language.
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Learning a foreign language such as Spanish or English to other people in a different language. Can be fun to learn if you make it and try different things. It doesn’t matter what type of language. I highly recommend you focus the how to learn a language and process. And make sure that it’s effective and fun that way you will be sure it will help you.
Q: How long does it take to learn a new language?
A: The question you guys are waiting for. And the answer is the length depends on you and your intention. Also, depending on what you do. Sometimes can take weeks, months, or even years. Allow me to explain what I mean by this answer and what are the intentions.
There is a category of intentions for me:
- Slow pace (As a hobby or for fun)
- Fast pace (serious to learn and have clear goals)
- Trying to be influent in the language
- Just learning some words to use them
These can play a big part in your language learning. Even if you take classes by the hours. For example, 600 hours, 750 hours, or even 900 hours. Whatever hours you choose, make sure to specify which category you fit in. Because that will help you to know how long you will take to learn a language.
Factors that could slow your language learning process:
This is very important to know because it may not be obvious to you in some languages. You might think that you can master it in a short time. But with many people already tried before, they already know the level of skills and time you need to know a language. And I’m talking about aiming for fluency in a language.
- The type of language you want to learn
Some languages can be very difficult to learn in a short time. As the Chinese language is not so easy and needs time to learn it. Also, if you are looking to learn the Japanese language it can be difficult for their letters and pronunciations. This can slow your process of learning a new language.
- Teachers or methods you use to learn
It’s important to know that these two can play a big part in your language-learning process. And can help you learn fast or slow. When the teacher and method are good and effective. That would give you less time to learn a new language than having a bad method or lazy teacher.
This can be good when looking for schools to learn the language. You need to check reviews and see how their teachers. Trust me, you would be wasting money if you apply for a school with a not-good reputation. Do your research on the school before you apply to it.
- Your focus on the important things
Some people might think that just learning words can help you to be fluent in that language. And focus on one thing which can take a long time to finish. However, you need to maintain and draw your focus on as many as possible. For example, writing sentences, and pronouncing words. Make a full sentence and use it with someone in that language. You can see the focus on many things and not just one thing.
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These are some of the factors that could slow your process when you trying to learn something new. Since there are things to slow, you will find things that can speed up the process. And that is what I will talk about. Doing the opposite things of what I mentioned above can also be a way to speed up the language-learning process.
Factors that can speed up the process to learn a new language
You will need to make sure to do these things if you want to learn faster. Because without these things and any other important thing. It will take you more than weeks, months, or even years. I don’t think you would be able to finish and learn. Therefore, that’s why you need to do additional things to help you learn faster.
- The number of things you do
Well, you can be taking a class or even a preparatory year course. Whatever the main thing you use to learn the language. Make sure to add other things. Such as daily practices and watching movies with subtitles. These can be small but it does help a lot to speed up the process. Find what you can do to add it to the list of things to do. Maybe can be having a daily conversation with friends or watching additional online classes.
- Time you spend learning every day
Some people might spend one hour a day. Thinking that would be enough. However, if you want to do that, it would make you take longer time overall to master the language. I’m talking about when you want to be fluent in that language. Which needs more hours every day. If you spend more hours, you will spend less time overall but make sure it’s effective and good.
- How many times do you practice
Another important thing that can help you to speed up the process is practicing. I would say the more you practice, the faster you will master that language. Therefore, make sure to practice more if you want to spend a short time. Don’t depend on one-time practice a day. You can do that if you want to take a longer time.
And there are more that I will add to the list that can help you learn faster. Also, what could make you learn slower? Both can help you in the process. However, for now, I think these can be enough for you to start. It will help with the overall time to master a language.
Conclusion of How long does it take to learn a new language
Thank you so much for reading until this point. I shared the answer to the most common question and some great tips and information that can help you master them. These can come together if you want to do the slow process. You know what to do and if you want to speed, you know what to do. Also, the intention of learning can play a big part in the speed of the process.
What do you guys think of these tips and information? What is the language you are currently learning? Let us know in the comment.
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This is a really good post. As someone who speaks four languages, I’d like to add that talking to other people in the language helps a lot too. But the other tips are on point. You do need time and dedication.
Thank you for reading and sharing your thoughts!
Learning new languages is quite a process – but, one that is well worth the efforts. I’m working on brushing up on Spanish (my sister started learning the language and I’m trying to freshen up my skills, too.)
Right? it definitely is a quite process. Thank you for reading and sharing your thoughts!
I really want to learn a new language! I studied French at school and started self-teaching Spanish, but it’s so hard! Would you be happy to recommend some methods?
It’s good to learn a new language and I’m sure you will do it. Thank you for sharing with us your experience.
I’m in the slow-pace mode now. I’m just learning a few Spanish/Italian/Korean words as a hobby. I think it would be really nice to speak another language fluently. It will really help me if I travel to other countries someday.
I see, that’s awesome that you take your time to learn it. Thank you for reading!
Great post Fransic with some good tips! I have used Duolingo to try and learn a few words before a trip abroad but I find the words they teach are not relevant for travel.
That’s awesome, I used that before as well. Thank you for reading!
I thoroughly enjoyed this post. Very informative and had a great breakdown. The emphasis on passion and determination was a great place to start. Thanks for sharing!
I’m glad you enjoyed it. Thank you for reading and sharing your thought!
My parents are trying to learn spanish and I think there are many variables that will affect how well they learn. I agree with many of your points. thanks for sharing!
I see and I’m glad ou agree with them. Thank you for reading!
I have been trying to learn French for like forever, but I never get anywhere because of lack of commitment and consistency. I guess I’ll do better, thanks for the tips.
I see, I’m sure if you push a little more you will do it. Thank you for reading!
Thanks for this insightful posts. It motivates me to start learning a new language language, something I have been thinking about for some time.
I’m glad you found it an insightful post. Thank you for reading!
Thanks for the post. I’ve taken Spanish in the past and I still remember a little bit of it but it took me a long time to learn it. I agree it depends on a person’s focus and the language. Good information.
Thank you for reading and sharing your thoughts!
I feel like I struggle in trying to learn a new language. It would be nice to do some kind of immersion training like spending time abroad.
I see, it can be difficult but I’m sure you will do it.
I can speak 4 languages, but not all equally fluent, and writing is at an all different level. I found that reading a lot in a language helps
That’s awesome. Thank you for reading!
That is very true, learning a new language takes a lot of effort and dedication and watching tv, listening to radio is one way to be successful. Great article!
Thank you for reading and commenting. I agree, it does take time and effort. Thank you for reading!
I have always wanted to master French. This will now be added to my list this year. Thank you.
That’s awesome! Thank you for reading and sharing your comment!
Great post! I especially liked how you highlighted the importance of motivation and immersion in the language learning process. It’s so true that having a strong reason to learn and surrounding yourself with the language can make all the difference. Thank you for sharing this valuable information!
Thank you for reading and sharing your thoughts!
This post was really interesting. I want to start learning Dutch so this was really helpful. Thank you for reading and commenting.
Great, Dutch is cool, and would love to travel there one day. Thank you for reading!
I would love to learn another language but I just can’t take it all in. I know bits and pieces of a lot of different languages, but I can never grasp full sentences.
It’s good to learn a new language. Thank you for reading and sharing your thoughts!
Thank you for creating this informative post on how long it takes to learn a new language. Learning a new language can be a daunting task, and it’s important to have a realistic understanding of the time and effort involved. Your breakdown of the various factors and your inclusion of personal anecdotes make this topic more approachable and relatable. I appreciate the honesty and practicality in your writing. This will be a valuable resource for anyone considering taking on the challenge of learning a new language
Thank you for reading and sharing your lovely feedback!
Oh yes….getting that chance to communicate with other people in your own or a completely different language is always top-tier! i want to learn some Kiswahili.
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Very informative post! I took Spanish classes when I lived in Mexico, but I seem to have lost most of my second language skills since moving back to the United States. I often think about re-learning/continuing. Thank you so much for sharing!
Thank you so much for reading and sharing your thoughts about this.
This post is so interesting! I’m learning Polish at the moment (or at least trying to), and what’s mentioned in this post, especially about the time it takes is so true!
Yeah, that’s cool, and would love to learn Polish one day. Thank you for reading and commenting!
As a language teacher myself, I agree with most of what you wrote here. But to emphasize, the most important factor that determines how long one takes to learn a language is MOTIVATION. The more internal it is, the more likely the person will learn faster. So people should ask themselves “why” they’re learning a new language.
Yay, that’s awesome. Thank you for the lovely feedback.
I am learning Norwegian using an app. Watching TV with subtitles helps.
That’s awesome. I don’t know a single word from the Norwegian lol
That’s a very informative post. I always wanted to learn a new language. This post is really helpful.
Thank you so much and I appreciate you reading and commenting!
What I learned about languages is that adults learn differently than children. Be patient and you’ll get there.
True, this good one. We need to be patient. But some people want different
This is really useful info. I’ve been working on full sentences in French for a few years now and I definitely need more regular practice!
I’m glad you found it useful. Thank you for reading!
I admire anyone who learns a new language, especially as an adult. I’ve tried usign Duolingo a few times for a few different languages but I always give up.
Ah, It’s fun, and hopes you can get back to it. Such a cool feeling when learning something new.
One-on-one practice is everything! I am not sure how far will you go with just learning. There are people that speak really fast in other languages but with not-so-great grammar. And there are people that are trying with grammar and word choice but are so slow in conversation…
Right? it helps a lot and we need to focus on more than one thing to improve. Thank you for reading!
I have 2 languages that I’m fluent, and another 1 which I’m a beginner. Surely, I’d like to learn more languages when I have a chance!
Wow, that’s amazing. Good job!
I’m still trying to learn French! Thanks for the tips!
I see, well it’s doable. Thank you for reading!
This is such a fun post to read- good topic. I love your take on how long it takes to learn a language.
Thank you for reading and sharing your thoughts about this.
True! Being intentional about it is very important.
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Yeah, It’s important. Thank you for reading and sharing your thoughts!
this was such an interesting read! I think that experiencing the culture and having conversations with natives can really help, even if just for experiencing how your studies are going. I have been learning Korean and even if a slow burn, I love to add it every day to my schedule
Thank you and glad you find it helpful!
In this world when the boundaries are blurring and we are becoming one big global village, being able to speak in many languages is one of the greatest assets. The practical tips mentioned here to acquire a new language are invaluable!
Right? it’s very important and we need to work on it. Thank you for reading!